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McLaughlin's next move among key stories on road to '24

Jul. 25, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The conversation about what track sensation Sydney McLaughlin will do next involves more than the clock. Yes, she brought the record in her 400-meter hurdles race down by nearly three-quarters of a second at the world championships, to a once-unthinkable mark...

Track looks to pump up US fan base ahead of 2028 LA Olympics

Jul. 24, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — When international track and field officials wanted to place their world championships in the U.S. for the first time, the running mecca that embedded Nike into American culture was the easy choice. But pictures of half-empty stands in a sparkling new...

Sydney McLaughlin shatters 400 hurdles record with 50.68

Jul. 23, 2022 00:55 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In the hurdles world before Sydney McLaughlin, it took years to shave fractions of seconds off records, and winning races didn't always mean rewriting history. This once-in-a-lifetime athlete is obliterating that mindset as quickly as she's destroying the...

Semenya finishes 13th, doesn't advance in 5,000 at worlds

Jul. 20, 2022 21:51 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In one way, this race was like so many in the past for Caster Semenya. When she crossed the finish line, there wasn't anyone near her. This race, though, was the 5,000 meters — not her specialty, the 800 — and when Semenya crossed the line all alone, she...

For Ukrainian high jumper, world silver feels like gold

Jul. 20, 2022 01:22 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The second-place finish at world championships was beside the point for Ukraine's best high jumper, Yaroslava Mahuchikh. “For me, it's gold," she said Tuesday night, as she looked down at her newly won prize, one nobody would have been right to expect four...

Wightman wins 1500 on night filled with surprises at worlds

Jul. 20, 2022 01:15 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The look of disbelief on British 1,500-meter champion Jake Wightman's face as he crossed the finish line captured the evening best. “Crazy,” he said. Nothing quite went to script, yet everything seemed almost perfect on a wild Tuesday night...

New obstacle in steeplechase: a cameraman

Jul. 19, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A new obstacle appeared out of nowhere on the steeplechase course at world championships. A cameraman. Trying to get a great shot of the triple jump competition going on in the infield Monday night, a World Athletics cameraman stepped onto the...

Caster Semenya is back, so is her sport's thorniest problem

Jul. 19, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Champion runner Caster Semenya heads into this year's world championships with virtually no chance to win. On Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon, the 31-year-old, three-time world champion at 800 meters will run instead in the 5,000-meter race. She is not...

Ukraine on her mind as high jumper goes for gold at worlds

Jul. 16, 2022 19:26 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — It took her three days by car to escape from Ukraine after the war started. Champion high jumper Yaroslava Mahuchikh can only guess at how long it will take to get back. On her way out, Mahuchikh heard gunfire and could sometimes see shells raining down miles...

Felix gets a bronze on her farewell at world championships

Jul. 16, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Never mind that she got passed at the end of her last sprint around the track. Or ended up with a bronze medal instead of gold. For 15 memorable seconds Friday night at the world championships, Allyson Felix was sprinting alone in the sunshine, cruising past...